Promoting walking in Scotland
Walkhighlands' mission is to encourage the enjoyment of walking through being the best information source and social network for walkers in Scotland.
In doing so we also aim to help the small, local tourism businesses so vital to Scotland's rural economy through providing low-cost, highly-targeted advertising.
Walkhighlands is the busiest walking site in the UK and far and away the busiest outdoors website in Scotland, with 500,000 unique visitors checking in each month.
We are constantly expanding and currently feature over 2,000 walking routes including everything from detailed routes up every Munro to short woodland or even urban walks. Through our partnership with the Ordnance Survey, every route has a detailed map. We also feature podcasts giving the correct pronunciaton and place-name meanings, a 3D visualisation of every route, gradient profiles, route downloads for GPS devices and much, much more. Our users record their own outdoors experiences through their personal 'walks diaries' and can share their walking stories, photos and videos on the routes and hill descriptions throughout the site. Users can even draw and share their routes on Ordnance Survey mapping using our unique GPS planner. For those attempting a long term objective such as the Munros we provide interactive personal 'hill-bagging' maps to record your progress. All the features on Walkhighlands are free of charge for personal use.
Helen co-founded Walkhighlands in 2006. The idea originated during her 4,000 mile continuous walk across Europe with Paul in 2003/4. Helen deals with all classified advertising, marketing and media enquiries, as well as being the author of hundreds of Walkhighlands routes.
Paul is the co-founder of Walkhighlands and co-author with Helen of fifteen guidebooks. In 2018 he won the title 'Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year'. Past roles include being a member of the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Forum, a director of Mountaineering Scotland and a maintenance officer in the Mountain Bothy Association. Paul deals with all technical aspects of Walkhighlands as well as being the routes editor.
David Lintern moved north to be nearer the mountains after a 2 month coast to coast walk in the Pyrenees. As well as his Walkhighlands features, he's a regular contributor to TGO and several other magazines and was a photography award-winner at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. You can see more of his photography and writing at his own website.